Students majoring in performing and visual arts are required to satisfactorily complete 6 credits in arts elective courses. These courses are provided in the Creative Corridor, an interdisciplinary arts elective program.

The program's courses invite students to move through disciplinary boundaries and connect to community, offering a range of knowledge, relevant skill and practice-based learning as well as inquiry-based, experimental and collaborative learning platforms. By enlivening real-world practice and relevant social contexts, students and teachers are encouraged to connect to each other, their communities, and various aspects of the practices of teaching and learning.

The Creative Corridor nurtures engaged, creative, critical spaces that build upon the College's emphasis on reflection, collaboration, and participation with diverse publics in ways reflective of its mission: ". . . to prepare artists, citizens, and innovator.


All baccalaureate degree candidates must complete 12 elective credits. Creative Corridor courses satisfy student requirements to complete 6 credits of college electives. These classes are open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. The Creative Corridor is open to all majors and there are no prerequisites for classes.

All classes in the Creative Corridor inspire critical thinking and making, amplify learning through new approaches to teaching, transfer Knowledge and build knowledge sharing platforms, ignite radically dynamic collaborations, and produce creative work that contributes to our community

Creative Corridor classes are divided into following categories:

  • Artist-Citizen: Public Engagement, Social and Civic-minded Practice
  • Entrepreneur-Leader: Professional and Business Practice
  • Creative Practitioner: Contemporary Cultural Production
  • Critical Digital Maker: Hands-on Creative Work Connecting Technologies to Society
  • Humanist: Focus on Health, Welfare, Dignity of Human Beings, Individually & Collectively
  • Innovator: Inquiry-based Experimentation and Collaboration

An Artist-Citizen connects their curiosity to our world and makes an impact through social practice.

A Creative Practitioner hones their craft and evolves a creative practice.

An Entrepreneur-Leader learns the business side of their practice, identifies mentors and explores the role of creative leader.

A Critical/ Digital Maker develops digital literacies and explores the intentional uses of emerging technologies to create their work, collaborate and transfer their knowledge.

A Humanist develops a grounding in self knowledge and focuses on the welfare of all human beings, individually and collectively.

An Innovator investigates, experiments, cross-pollinates and connects with others to make discoveries and apply them to complex and relevant challenges.

Creative Corridor classes

Course descriptions for the current academic year may be found in the catalog


Creative Corridor Textbook Policy

Individuals are free to purchase new or used books as long as the specific edition guidelines are adhered to. If no textbook information for a specific course is provided, a textbook is either not required or information will be distributed by individual instructors. It is expected that required texts for individual courses should be purchased prior to the start of each first class meeting. Information regarding additional textbooks, reading material or supplies may be provided at the first class meeting at which time a deadline will be provided (usually within the first two weeks of the semester).


Faculty & Staff

The Creative Corridor faculty and staff represent a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds.



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May 15, 2017

Ruffner Draws On Cornish Expertise For Augmented Reality

This year’s Consilience Event at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) features artist Ginny Ruffner. In 2015, Ruffner was invited into the Design classroom at Cornish Cornish College of the Arts to learn alongside our students, new tools and techniques she is using in the creation of her exciting augmented reality projects The result was a fruitful creative and technical learning as well as mentoring exchange.

Artist Ginny Ruffner’s interactive augmented reality installation Poetic Hybrids had some assistan...

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May 15, 2017

Commencement 2017 – You Will Climb the Sky

Invoking both Cornish College of the Arts’ storied past and the ever-changing creative landscape of the 21st century, Commencement speaker Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker told 2017 graduates: “You will climb the sky.

The 2017 Commencement took place at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. Friends, families, and gradua...

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April 27, 2017

Henry Art Show Reunites Alumni

“Fun. No Fun. Kraft Duntz featuring Dawn Cerny” at the Henry is three-quarters Cornish College of the Arts alumni. The Seattle-based artist/architect team of David Lipe, Matt Sellars ‘93, and Dan Webb '91, in collaboration with Dawn Cerny ’02, have created an installation for the Henry’s lower level gallery that will be on display through September 10, 2017.

David Lipe, Matt Sellars, and Dan Webb make up the artistic team known as Kraft Duntz. It’s a mix...

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February 14, 2017

Historic Seattle Lecture Explores Cornish History

David Martin, the curator of Cascadia Art Museum exhibition on Cornish College of the Arts' history, will lecture on the history of the school on March 6, 7 p.m., at PONCHO. This event is part of the Historic Seattle 2017 educational program for lovers of buildings and heritage.

“Miss Aunt Nellie” as she was affectionately known, was arguably the most important figure in Wa...

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February 11, 2017

Black Music Matters At PONCHO

This semester, Creative Corridor’s "Black Music Matters: History/Context of Black American Music" has brought numerous artists to campus and hosted a series of open lectures at PONCHO.

Creative Corridor at Cornish College of the Arts is a series of elective classes open to students in...

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January 18, 2017

ArtPlace America Director Speaks at Cornish

Executive director of ArtPlace America, Jamie Bennett, will arrive on campus Thursday, January 19, to meet Creative Corridor students and speak on art in the community.

The interim chair of Creative Corridor, Genevieve Tremblay, was delighted to get a note from ArtPlac...

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December 14, 2016

Microsoft Innovative Educator Genevieve Tremblay

As Interim Chair of Creative Corridor, Genevieve Gaiser Tremblay has organized a number of special events and partnerships for the college. In August she was named a Microsoft Innovative Educator. Later in the fall, she worked on 9e2, bringing artist Geraldine Ondrizek’s exhibition, Origins of Biometric Data, to President's Gallery. Another recent collaboration is with the students of Julie Myers, the chair of Interior Architecture, and the Friday Harbor Laboratories, the University of Washington's marine science research and education center on San Juan Island.

Genevieve Gaiser Tremblay was selected as Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert in 2016, j...

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December 13, 2016

Music Graduate Reports On Life After Cornish

Jason McCauley was a well-known figure in Cornish’s administrative offices. His beautiful playing of the classics and his own compositions on the six-foot Steinway grand in the vestibule was the soundtrack to our work for several years. A graduate of the Music Department, McCauley has taken his BM and gone an exciting and unexpected direction: graduate study for a master’s degree in liberal studies at venerable, rigorous St. John’s College of Annapolis and Santa Fe. He plans to continue on to a doctorate. McCauley’s study is a vibrant reminder that Cornish teaches not just the arts, but the liberal arts.

From Jason McCauley, Class of 2016: I started at St. John's College right after graduation, in t...

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November 21, 2016

Cornish Interior Architecture Students Dive Deep into Design at Friday Harbor Labs

Genevieve Tremblay (Interim Chair, Creative Corridor) and Julie Myers (Chair, Interior Architecture) led a 3-day site visit and design challenge for the junior and senior Cornish Interior Architecture students at Friday Harbor Laboratories, a marine science research and education center on San Juan Island. In Fall of 2016, Cornish announced a new Interior Architecture program, led by founding Chair, Julie Myers. It has been a course of study for many years, but this year will be the first for this degree pathway.

This past summer, Tremblay spent two weeks as a Helen R. Whiteley Center artist/scholar in residence...

October 19, 2016

HoloLens Project Highlighted At Seattle Interactive

In 2016, nine student teams at Cornish College of the Arts created pieces for Microsoft’s mixed reality HoloLens headset. Their work was later shown at the Seattle Interactive 2016 conference.

Cornish students and their teachers were asked to present their work with Microsoft's HoloLens at th...